Installing a Tub Drain: Chose the Right Drain


Installing a tub drain will finish off that brand new bathtub installation or enhance the looks and functionality of your existing bathtub. Before you begin you will need to determine what type of tub drain will work the best for you. There are many different types of tub drains available to choose from. There are drains with trip levers, of which pop-up and plunger style drains fall into this category.

These will require the installation of a tripwaste plate as well. To avoid the installation of a tripwaste plate, you might consider installing a lift-and-turn, footlock or rollerball drain plug.

When installing a tub drain it is important to consider the difficulty of the task at hand. If you are a do-it-yourselfer who does not possess a lot of skill or tools, sticking to the lift-and-turn, footlock or rollerball style drain plugs might be your best option. However, you will still need to remove the existing drain before you can install the new drain and this will require a few tools that may not be in your toolbox.

The more difficult style of tub drain to install are those with trip levers. Not only will you need to install the drain correctly, you will also need to attach it to the lift lever which can be difficult. If you want a trip lever tub drain and do not feel like you have the technical know-how to complete the job, call a licensed plumber to come in and do the job right. He or she can make sure that the installation is performed correctly.

No matter what type of tub drain you decide to install, make sure that you choose one that works for you. There are many choices in terms of style and performance but they will all perform the same basic function, allowing the bathtub to drain properly.